So this is a question I am getting asked a lot lately. Seeing as it’s spring and chickens are on peoples minds! So I thought I would provide a breakdown of all the necessary equipment you will need, and some optional costs.
|Chicks||$3-$10||Depending on Breed|
|Started Pullets||$10-$20||Depending on Breed and Age|
|Coop||$100-$1000||Depending on what size|
|Electric Netting||$400-$600||Depending on what size|
|Food & Water bowls||$50-$100|
|Feed||$10-$20||Organic feed can be $30+|
|Totals||$289 – $1,782|
Now obviously there is a huge range. Someone might only be getting 6 laying hens and a small coop (Still set you back about $600) and free range, or have a large run. Therefore netting not needed. A $100 coop isn’t going to get you very far. From looking at Ebay and Amazon you will only be able to fit 2 hens in a $100 coop. However if you are handy. $100 will get you some wood towards making your own larger coop!
An estimated monthly costs for 6 hens is around $36 per month.
Here are some products that we use or used and like, having tried and tested many!
This is the waterer we use:
50 Gallon Water with Cups
Galvanized Hanging Poultry Feeder
This is the feeder we built and use –
No Waste Chicken Feeder